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66.Cucumbertree

Magnolia acuminata

 

Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
4 – 8
Height:
50 – 80
Spread:
Comparable to height
Habit:
In youth: pyramidal; At maturity: rounded to broad-rounded outline with massive wide-spreading branches
Light:
Full sun or partial shade
Soil:
Loamy, deep, moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil preferable
Flowers:
Greenish-yellow petals, 2 – 3 long in 2 sets of 3
Fruit:
2 – 3 long, pinkish-red, aggregate of follicles; looks like a small cucumber
Landscape use:
Excellent tree for large properties, parks, estates, golf courses, and naturalized areas
History:
Native range is New York to Georgia, west to Illinois and Arkansas; introduced in 1736
Pests\Problems:

Essentially problem-free


Significant Features:
Cucumber-like cluster of fruit; large, fleshy, green leaves

 

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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.